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Re: New Year 2002 predictions

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  • Hung Vu
    Chris, Very interesting! Let me add some more: -- Fins will start to disappear as kitesurfers start to realize that fins are more costly, cumbersome than
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      Chris,

      Very interesting! Let me add some more:

      -- Fins will start to disappear as kitesurfers start to realize that
      fins are more costly, cumbersome than helpful

      -- With the new finless, properly shaped boards, kitesurfers start to go
      as fast as windsurfers

      -- Foils will become more popular (than they are now) as they are faster
      and jump higher

      -- People will realize that by inflating the leading edge with helium
      will make inflatables less prone to the "dead seagull drop" (hahaha
      someone has asked for it...)

      -- Properly shaped finless board will generate higher lift allow boards
      to be smaller (120 x 30 cm range) and still ride in lower wind

      -- Handles will become more popular (than they are now) in lighter wind
      as they are the best to manipulate foils in such extreme conditions

      -- Kites will be designed/marketed clearly in three different groups:
      light wind, medium wind and high wind kites where low AR inflatable
      dominate the high wind group, foils dominate the light wind group and
      fierce competition for the medium group for many manufacturers

      Hung.


      Ok, here's my predictions for kitesurfing next year,
      2002..

      -- Next years kites will all have more more wind range
      ..because
      that's what we all want.

      -- The end of picklefork boards. New board shapes will
      have
      more blunt tails.

      -- Footstraps will continue to be popular and will NOT
      all be
      replaced by full bindings.

      -- On new 4 line inflatables, rigid carbon battens at
      the tips will
      be common.

      -- Better safety release/leash systems will be marketed
      (they can't
      be worse than what is available now).

      -- All kite manufacturers will agree on a size standard
      (ha
      ha ..just kidding with this one).

      -- Someone will post a "new" idea to fill an inflatable
      with helium
      (ughh ..not again).

      -- Some products will fade into obscurity like reel
      bars, high
      volume boards, and using handles.

      -- Kite and board prices will drop somewhat due to
      competition
      (..not sure about this one).

      -- Kiting will become more mainstream and acceptable and
      will NOT be
      banned at many more beaches.

      -- The number of kite manufacturers will stop growing as
      newcomers
      find it hard to compete against the Naish, Wipika,
      Cabrinha,
      Slingshot, Peter Lynn, Airrush, North.

      -- Foil kites will do well in the very large sizes (over
      15.5AR5).

      -- Kites will come with long lines (>30m) for big kite
      sizes and
      shorter lines (<25m) for small kite sizes.

      -- Serious accidents will happen where helmet use could
      have helped!

      -- Someone will break the hang time record with over 10
      seconds.


      Chris G
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